sonddder sent: It would be so awesome if you could possibly reply to this. I'm doing a charcoal drawing in my art 2 class and I wanted to know if you have any tips when using charcoal? I'm using a picture of my cat if that helps. Like texturizing, lights and darks, shading etc.

Hi there! Here are my favorite keys that I keep in mind when I’m working with charcoal on pet portraits:

1: I always start with a base layer. I like using powdered charcoal and apply it with a tapered brush and buff it into the paper. This gives you soft shading and helps you find the shape of your kitty and map out their patterns and stripes. It looks soft and a little blurry like this:image

2: Next up is texture. Keep your pencils as sharp as you can and pay extra close attention to the direction your cat’s fur is going. That’s what really brings them to life on paper. I use LOTS of short, sharp strokes so I can change the direction of the fur without any criss-crossing lines. I use a mix of my HB charcoal and my white charcoal for highlights.

3: Don’t be afraid of those really dark blacks for depth (I use my 6B charcoal for those) And for final touches, I always save whiskers for last using my favorite white charcoal pencil.


I hope this helps a little and I hope you have fun!

Today was Pastels on 5th and it was AMAZING! I won First Place People’s Choice again this year - what an honor!!

This is created with soft pastels on the sidewalk - it’s a fantastic event that raises money for my favorite charity Organization, Alternatives to Violence!

This little pudgy pitbull is Daphne - she was commissioned as a surprise anniversary gift and it’s been so fun getting excited with my client as the date draws nearer!

Created with chalk and charcoal in about 25 hours.

The Boston Red Sox winning the World Series in 2013. Matted in Red, of course.

Let me tell you — this was the most challenging test of my patience. I didn’t think I was going to make it and I am SO glad it’s done.

Created with chalk and charcoal on 16x20 gray paper. Start to finish, somewhere over 150 hours.

—P.S. The original was commission so it is sold, but prints are available at my Etsy shop:

My view for the day. Jarvis is such a ham.

thedarkside-of-themoon sent: Are you selling that Jake Peavy art?

Hi! The original is already sold, but I do have prints available at my shop::

Number 44 up for the pitch! This is the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

But would you believe this is only half the project? This is part one of a double commission! The next one is the Red Sox winning the World Series in 2013.

This one took about 110 hours and was created with chalk and charcoal on 16x20 Strathmore paper.

Having a super lazy Saturday (best kind if you ask me!)

This is from my sketch journal…that I have been neglecting lately, poor thing.

Hope you’re all having a lovely day!

Late night drawing spree - working on tiny little faces. I’m hoping to finish it this week. I’m 90 hours in on this one. Sooo ready to be done!

This is Duke - An adorably fluffy Golden retriever/Chow Chow mix. He has such a rich blend of colors in his coat and it was so fun capturing that in pastels!

Created with PanPastels & Derwent pastel Pencils in about 5 hours.

Anonymous sent: So - totally jealous of your workspace. But I could never keep it that clean. Is it always like that? Do you have pics of it messy?

Haha definitely not always! Here’s what it looks like today(about a week of ‘Arting’ since I cleaned up last.

Pics don’t do the pastel dust justice though :/ It’s everywhere

kiki-eternal replied to your photo “My workspace (when it’s clean)”

mine always looks like a tornado went through it lol

That would describe the rest of my house haha

My workspace (when it’s clean)